STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Facebook followers of The Shabby Attic in Lansdale have been murmuring about it for close to two weeks.
Among the comments posted between July 23 and 24: “I so hope this means you’re on ‘Flea Market Flip.’ Kevin Andrew and I watch it all the time and ALWAYS say you need to be on it!!!!,” said Maureen Koncz.
“Is it finally going to air?,” asked Diana Laufer.
Michelle Frazer Buttari chimed in: “Nice! I’ll be sure to tune in!”
Shabby Attic owner Karin Wolfle, and Karen Carey of Karen Carey Photography in Worcester will appear on the Aug. 7 “Fashion Forward Flipping” episode of “Flea Market Flip” — The Great American Country/HGTV show where a little cash can result in a uniquely transformed decorative item, with the right amount of creativity and elbow grease.
The episode premieres at 8 p.m. on Great American Country. A viewing party, with refreshments and a Q&A, is planned for 7 p.m. at The Shabby Attic, a repurposed/vintage furniture and decor shop at 810 W. Main St., Lansdale.
Carey, who’s excited about the “Flea Market Flip” premiere party and the resulting exposure for their businesses, said: “I’ve worked with Karin on a couple projects. I shop at her store and I bring ideas to her.”
If you’re not familiar with the show, “Flea Market Flip” contestants are given $500 to scour the booths and tents at different large flea markets in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, in search of items they can buy, fix and then re-sell for a higher sum — which is referred to as “flipping.” The teams battle it out to win all of the profits earned that day.
Barbara Rubenau-Glazer commented on The Shabby Attic Facebook page: “Can’t wait. I love this show. In fact, later this summer we’re headed up to (Connecticut) to the flea markets.”
“I can’t give details about the show, whether I won or lost. It was a really great experience. It’s even more intense than it looks on TV,” Wolfle said.
Carey commented that “it was way more time, way more energy, way more mental exhaustion” than she anticipated.
The episode — No. 706 — was shot a year ago. When Wolfle recently spotted the episode description listed online, she figured it was safe to post about it on social media, concluding an agreement with the network to not prematurely promote the episode.
Confirming that was the case, the “Flea Market Flip” Instagram account liked The Shabby Attic’s announcement.
Team Karin and Karen began their “Flea Market Flip” journey when Carey spotted an ad on Craigslist at the beginning of 2015 about open casting, and submitted pictures of Wolfle’s work without her knowledge. “I filled (the application) out in the middle of the night and emailed her the next day,” Carey explained.
Shortly after that, they were sitting down for an hour-long Skype interview, which got edited down to five minutes to pitch to the producers.
The episode was shot over the course of three weekends. “We had to mug a lot for the cameras,” Wolfle said.
“They shoot six episodes at a time. We were the ones that came the furthest,” she said, noting that only contestants in the Northeast are considered.
Wolfle said she plans to blog about each of the three legs of being on “Flea Market Flip.”
A brief about the episode can also be found at www.greatamericancountry.com. For more on the Shabby Attic, check www.facebook.com/TheShabbyAttic.